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Intersect360 Research Site Census Looks at HPC Interconnects

“Intersect360 Research has posted an Executive Summary of their most recent HPC User Site Census on Interconnect Suppliers. The report provides an examination of the server interconnects and network characteristics found at a sample of HPC user sites. Intersect360 Research surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and software supporting these computer installations.”

Proceedings from ISC 2017 are now available for download

The Proceedings from ISC 2017 are now available for download at no cost for a limited time. “We are pleased to announce that many fascinating topics in HPC are covered by the proceedings.”

Podcast: Spectra Logic Report looks at the State of Data Storage

Today Spectra Logic their annual review of the data storage industry. The report provides insight for storage and media manufacturers, application developers and enterprise storage customers into the trends, pricing and technology shaping the data storage industry, and projects future storage needs and the technologies with the best chance of satisfying them. “The world’s repository of data is growing more rapidly than we could have imagined. At the same time, organizations are more reliant than ever on digital assets, and must protect and preserve access to this data forever,” said Spectra Logic CEO Nathan Thompson. “This is a unique time for the data storage industry, and we are proud to take a leadership role in helping the industry anticipate the trends, tiers and technologies of the future.”

Finding the Right Solutions with Dell EMC HPC Innovation Lab

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community meeting, Onur Celebioglu describes the Dell EMC HPC Innovation Lab, where his team does all of the integration testing and benchmarking for high performance computing systems. “Every HPC workload and associated data set has specific server, storage, networking and software configuration and tuning requirements to achieve optimal performance. The Dell EMC HPC Innovation Lab has been established to provide customers best practices for configuring and tuning systems and their applications for optimal performance and efficiency through blogs, whitepapers and other resources.”

Why IMC is Right for Today’s Fast-Data and Big-Data Applications

Many more companies are turning to in-memory computing (IMC) as they struggle to analyze and process increasingly large amounts of data. That said, it’s often hard to make sense of the growing world of IMC products and solutions. A recent white paper from GridGain aims to help businesses decide which solution best matches their specific needs.

Cloud Computing Continues to Influence HPC

Cloud technologies are influencing HPC just as it is the rest of enterprise IT. This is the second entry in an insideHPC series that explores the HPC transition to the cloud, and what your business needs to know about this evolution. This series, compiled in a complete Guide available, covers cloud computing for HPC, industry examples, IaaS components, OpenStack fundamentals and more.

IEEE Looks Beyond Moore’s Law with IRDS Technology Roadmap

“As a team, we are laying the foundation to identify challenges and recommendations on possible solutions to the industry’s current limitations defined by Moore’s Law. With the launch of the nine white papers on our new website, the IRDS roadmap sets the path for the industry benefiting from all fresh levels of processing power, energy efficiency, and technologies yet to be discovered.”

New Paper Surveys Cache Partitioning Techniques

A new paper from IIT Hyderabad in India surveys cache partitioning techniques for multicore processors. Now accepted in ACM Computing Surveys 2017, the survey by Sparsh Mittal reviews 90 papers. “As the number of on-chip cores and memory demands of applications increase, judicious management of cache resources has become imperative. Cache partitioning is a promising approach to provide capacity benefits of shared cache with performance isolation of private caches. This paper reviews various cache partitioning techniques, e.g., strict/psuedo, static/dynamic, hardware/software-based, block/set/way-based, for improving performance/fairness/load-balancing/QoS, etc.”

PRACE Publishes Best Practices for GPU Computing

The European PRACE initiative has published a Best Practices Guide for GPU Computing. “This Best Practice Guide describes GPUs: it includes information on how to get started with programming GPUs, which cannot be used in isolation but as “accelerators” in conjunction with CPUs, and how to get good performance. Focus is given to NVIDIA GPUs, which are most widespread today.”

DDN Ranked #1 in HPC Storage Market

Today DDN announced that it was once again ranked as the top storage provider among HPC sites surveyed by Intersect360 Research. “High-performance sites are incredibly challenging IT environments with massive data requirements across very diverse application and user types,” said Laura Shepard, senior director of product marketing, DDN. “Because we are a leader in this space, we have the expertise to provide the optimal solutions for traditional and commercial high-performance customers to ensure they are maximizing their compute investment with the right storage infrastructure.”